This is one of those meals that, ever since I made it, I’ve wished I hadn’t run out of leftovers. It’s that good. I first tried Mujaddara, basically the Middle Eastern version of beans and rice, when I was visiting family in Michigan. Friends owned a wonderful little Lebanese restaurant, and we made sure to grab a meal there every time we were in town. I remember my sister-in-law ordering Mujaddara, and telling me it was her favorite. I thought, “Lentils and rice? OK…” and I ordered some other delicious, meaty, item off the menu. My dinner was perfect, but Kelly offered me a bite of hers, and I realized I should never doubt the power of a simple beans and rice dish. Read more...(1482 words, 14 images, estimated 5:56 mins reading time)
Picture it: “Sicily, 1922…” I’m kidding. I couldn’t resist.
Let’s start again. Picture it: It’s a cold, dreary day. That icky, gross, rainy, cold, mucky, windy, ick kind of day that we all hate going out in. That was my yesterday. When a truly gross day rolls around, I usually want comfort food for dinner. Preferably, something warm and cozy. This dinner was exactly that. It’s not the prettiest meal to look at, I fully recognize that, but it sure was tasty. Simple, homey, good for you…and both of my kids gobbled it up. (Which, if you’re a parent, you know is a miracle in itself.) Read more...(685 words, 10 images, estimated 2:44 mins reading time)